'Prince' Naseem Hamed (36-1)...

Naz: Fan or Not A Fan?


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May 8, 2016
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I was in a school in Glasgow at the time, and just remember all my mates loving him.

I can imagine it might be different if you were older at the time, or lived in a different area.

No getting round the fact he was a good fighter though, and an exciting one. It's a shame he didn't quite live up to his potential.
I am about the same age as Hamed.
90's was my era in that sense and great time for British Boxing.
 
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I am about the same age as Hamed.
90's was my era in that sense and great time for British Boxing.
Was a good time. I was born in the 80's, so I remember watching the big fight live on itv with my grandad.

Then later watching the sky sports ones with my mates on stolen cable TV.

Seemed like there was a big fight every Saturday, but I'm sure that's just nostalgia. Still with Naz, Benn, Eubank, Lewis, etc there were a lot of good fighters.

Would have been a good time to be a fight fan in your late teens, early twenties.
 
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Was a good time. I was born in the 80's, so I remember watching the big fight live on itv with my grandad.

Then later watching the sky sports ones with my mates on stolen cable TV.

Seemed like there was a big fight every Saturday, but I'm sure that's just nostalgia. Still with Naz, Benn, Eubank, Lewis, etc there were a lot of good fighters.

Would have been a good time to be a fight fan in your late teens, early twenties.
I was about 11 when Barry Mcguigan beat Eusebio Pedroza. Have been addicted to the sport since.

In the 1990's ITV also used to air a programme called called World Championship Boxing. They used to buy the American fight footage and then have the commentary done by Reg Gutteridge and Jim Watt. The American fights used to be aired on ITV about three months after they had already taken place.

Still got to see the rise of fighters like, Roy Jones jnr, Hopkins, De Lahoya, most of Kostya Tszu, Trinidad, Whitaker. And some hyped fighters who nobody would remember now a days.

Oscar De Lahoya had a huge impact in boxing in America. Brought alot of fans to the sport great fighter to boost. Kind of strange how he is seen all these years later going by the threads on the forums.
 
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I was in a school in Glasgow at the time, and just remember all my mates loving him.

I can imagine it might be different if you were older at the time, or lived in a different area.

No getting round the fact he was a good fighter though, and an exciting one. It's a shame he didn't quite live up to his potential.
I remember the opposite. Every fucker I know wanted to see him get smashed :lol:

(I think we are similar age.)
 

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I remember reading a story about him boxing in the UK team vs US team and everyone not up to face the mighty Americans. Naz was like "Come on you lot! You're not gonna win looking like that!" Goes out and beats his opponent and everyone was showering him with money.

He's as British as they come.
 
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Yes he wasn’t hated because he was Muslim, well not until after 9/11, he was hated because he was a nasty little piece of work. I also do t think it was some genius masterstroke to build a fan base.
He was just that, a horrible cocky bully.

The MAB fight is hilarious though. Whilst not a beat down it was 100% a technical humiliation, with Naz diving around the ring like an amateur, eating shots early as his limbo dancer style got exposed as fundamentally lacking.
 
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Was a good time. I was born in the 80's, so I remember watching the big fight live on itv with my grandad.

Then later watching the sky sports ones with my mates on stolen cable TV.

Seemed like there was a big fight every Saturday, but I'm sure that's just nostalgia. Still with Naz, Benn, Eubank, Lewis, etc there were a lot of good fighters.

Would have been a good time to be a fight fan in your late teens, early twenties.
Was a great time indeed and as you say the big fights seemed to come thick and fast.

The best times watching British boxing in my time and Eubank Snr takes a lot of credit for that imo.